BeerNeedy (124) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The oak aged version of this Black IPA is awesome. Hop heads will really enjoy this specialty ale. When they say black they mean it, and yet the aroma is definitely DIPA. Smooth and tasty with great mouth feel and finish. Lucky to have MSB right in my own hometown.
savnac (2363) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ the brewery. Dark brown almost black with a light tan head. Aroma of PacNW hops, dark roasted grains and oak. Flavor is bitter up front with some roasted sweet malt and the oak really comes out in the finish, no alcohol taste. Medium body with average carbonation and a long dry bitter finish. This beer has a lot going on but manages to stay balanced.
neepsntatties (1021) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got to try this last weekend thanks to my bro-in-law, "AKFaust" (my MSBC connection)! Colour... totally black with a thin head. Nose... whoa!! Hop-o-licious! a bit of the quercus comes through as well. Palate... not quite as hoppy as the nose would lead one to believe, but still very nicely balanced with hints of oak, to boot!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of savnac poured into a tulip.
Pours very dark, almost completely black in the glass with a small creamy off-white head that leaves a little lacing and hangs around as a collar and a small swirl in the middle.
The aroma is very interesting with the juicy citrus hops still dominating the aroma with the dark roasted malts in the background. However, the oak is definitely present with a pronounced fresh, dry woody presence.
The taste has a bit more bitterness that the aroma would suggest with a mix of citrus and floral hops and roasted dark malts. The finish is what differentiates this from the earlier version with a dry, oaky finish.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a much drier feel than the non-oaked version. Itís almost spicy in the finish due to the use of the virgin oak barrels.
I think this is a slight step up from the original with the oak bringing another layer of complexity to the table. Another winner from MSBC.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with a tan head. Big citrusy hop aromas with dark chocolate malts and dry wood. Smooth medium body. Flavor is medium-dark roasted aged malt with dry wood, bittersweet floral and citrus hops. Slightly different character here than in the fresh release from January, still very good. Draft@ the MS loft.